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Cyveillance’s Director of Product Management to Present at Merchant Risk Council Conference

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 3, 2008

At the 2008 Merchant Risk Council Conference, Cyveillance’s director of product management, James Brooks will speak about recent trends in blended phishing attacks and provide best practices and processes for organizations to proactively protect themselves and their customers. With increasingly sophisticated techniques and the widespread use of malware, criminals continue to successfully exploit the Internet to commit ID theft and fraud despite increased awareness of these attacks by users. Attendees will learn about the “business” of phishing for ID theft, along with methods organizations can employ to both restore and ensure long-term consumer confidence in online commerce.


James Brooks is Director of Product Management at Cyveillance and is responsible for online threat and fraud security services. With over 14 years experience in the security industry, James possesses a thorough understanding of security technologies, network and Internet environments, and Internet intelligence strategies. Previously, James worked at NTT/Verio and Genuity, and also held various technical positions with U.S. Naval Intelligence.


The National Volunteer Fire Council and Duracell Launch Battery Donation Program to help Power 23,000 Volunteer Fire Departments Across the U.S.

Bethel, CT (PRWEB) January 31, 2011

Of the more than one million active firefighters in the U.S., 73 percent serve entirely as volunteers. Duracell, in partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), today kicked-off a national battery donation program, Power Those Who Protect Us, to help equip these volunteer firefighters with supplies they need to help power their everyday tools and life-saving devices, such as flashlights, breathing apparatus and emergency personnel locators.

Sixty-four percent of volunteer firefighters surveyed report that their department is not sufficiently funded to sustain all areas of operations. In fact, 86 percent of volunteer firefighters report that they or their families invest their own money in purchasing supplies and/or equipment for their department, with most of them (73 percent) investing up to $ 500 per year. Duracell and the NVFC created the Power Those Who Protect Us program to raise awareness for the needs of these volunteers who selflessly donate their personal time and income to protect our communities. With the help of consumers, the program goal is to provide 10 million batteries to the 23,000 volunteer fire departments in the U.S. in order to help power devices and life-saving equipment used to keep volunteer firefighters and their communities safe.

When it comes to the most critical situations, important organizations from firefighters to doctors, to the military trust Duracell batteries to power the devices they rely on, said Volker Kuhn, General Manager, North America for Duracell. Today, were inviting communities across the country to join us in helping power those who protect us: our local volunteer firefighters. With state budgets continuing to tighten, weve heard from some of these men and women that they could use some assistance with resources, like batteries, and we want to help.

Consumers can participate in the Power Those Who Protect Us program by purchasing specially marked Duracell CopperTop battery packs at retailers nationwide beginning today. For every specially marked Duracell CopperTop 10- and 20-pack of AA or AAA batteries purchased, Duracell will donate one or two batteries respectively. Every department will receive a sizable battery donation, in some cases the equivalent of a years supply depending on department size, and consumers can help increase the donation to their local volunteer departments even further by directing their battery donation by zip code at http://www.duracell.com/protect or by visiting facebook.com/duracell and clicking on the program tab.

Volunteer firefighters use batteries for a wide variety of crucial devices, such as personal alert systems, personnel location equipment, communication devices, and flashlights, said Philip Stittleburg, Chairman, NVFC. Funds are tight, so offsetting annual battery purchases provides local volunteer fire departments with genuine value, enabling them to reallocate resources to support the other areas of operation.

The majority of volunteer firefighters in the U.S. balance careers where they work 40 hours a week or more and their families, many of them with children, while the majority committing up to 20 extra hours a week volunteering at their fire station. Many work into the early hours responding to the majority of emergency calls that come in between 6 p.m. and midnight. Through the Power Those Who Protect Us Program, Duracell and the NVFC want to recognize the hard work these local heroes do everyday, encourage communities to get involved in giving back to them and provide a meaningful supply of batteries to help ease everyday operational costs.

Campaign spokesperson, retired NFL quarterback and two-time NFL MVP, Kurt Warner, is championing the Power Those Who Protect Us program out of gratitude and admiration for the men and women who serve as volunteer firefighters. Having grown up in Iowa next to his local fire station, as a child Warner saw firsthand the commitment, determination and courage firefighters demonstrated on a daily basis. During the campaign, Warner will serve at his local Phoenix-area volunteer fire department, the Wickenburg Fire Department, for a day doing firefighter training such as live fire and rescue exercises and testing equipment. During a media day in New York City on January 31, Warner will share his experiences on behalf of volunteer firefighters across the country in hopes to raise awareness for the need to support these unsung heroes.

For more information or to get involved in Duracell’s Power Those Who Protect Us battery donation program, visit http://www.duracell.com/protect and/or Facebook.com/duracell.

About the Survey

This national survey was conducted online by IPSOS Public Affairs on January 4-11, 2011 using a national sample of 523 volunteer firefighters members of the National Volunteer Fire Council. For more information please visit: http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=5104.

About Duracell

Part of the Procter & Gamble Company, Duracell has been powering people around the world for more than 40 years. Our products serve as the heart of devices that keep people connected, protect their families, entertain them and simplify their increasingly mobile lifestyles. As the worlds leading manufacturer of high-performance alkaline batteries, Duracell also innovates in lighting, renewable power and wireless charging technologies to help consumers live life without limits. Visit http://www.duracell.com for more information, follow us on Twitter.com/Duracell_Power, and like us on Facebook.com/Duracell.

About the National Volunteer Fire Council

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS , and rescue services. Organized in 1976, the NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer fire and emergency services in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Each state firefighters association elects a representative to the NVFC Board of Directors.

About Procter & Gamble

Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers

Jacksonville, Florida Mayor Alvin Brown and City Council Join In Proclaiming February As Protect The Children Month

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) January 25, 2012

Donald J. Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services Corporation, a background screening company based in Jacksonville Beach Florida announced today that a proclamation was issued by Mayor Alvin Brown that stated, The City of Jacksonville joins SingleSource in recognizing the importance about speaking out against sexual abuse and in educating the community about ways to identify sexual offenders and protect children from harm. In addition, The City Council of Jacksonville issued a resolution also honoring the month and expressing support for the Protect the Children Conference.

The Mayoral proclamation noted the goal of the February 3rd, Protect the Children Conference at the University of Florida is to illuminate the issues associated with childhood sexual abuse. It goes on further to say that if we are to stop sexual abuse against children, we must stop the silence by educating the community about the signs of abuse and encouraging victims to speak out about their experiences.

Don Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services Corporation and sponsor of the conference thanked Mayor Brown at the Jacksonville Oceanside Rotary Club breakfast on January 24. Having the Mayors support means a great deal to us. Mayor Brown is a man of conviction and action, and we hope to take that energy and carry it from our conference on February 3rd throughout the entire month as we launch an aggressive educational campaign. The objective of The Protect the Children Conference, sponsored by SingleSource Services Corporation, is to illuminate the issues surrounding the sexual abuse of children and youth outside of the home by those entrusted with their care such as coaches, teachers, clergy, mentors and volunteers.

Mr. Dymer is encouraging all those who are involved with the care, education and mentoring of children and youth to attend this important conference. Headlining the conference will be Dr. Gene Abel, Director of Research at Abel Screening in Atlanta. Dr. Abel has won numerous honors and awards for his work and research projects that have uncovered new information to help prevent child sexual abuse. The conference agenda includes other noted professionals from the nations leading organizations who will provide invaluable insight on what people can do to identify and prevent child sexual abusers from becoming the volunteers or employees who will have youth entrusted to their care.

Every day thousands of children will be sexually abused by people they trust, notes Dymer. The children cannot stop this epidemic but adults can.

To find out more about the conference, please contact Donald J. Dymer at SingleSource Services Corporation at the telephone listed number below. To read the complete brochure and register for the event please visit: http://www.singlesourceservices.com/protectthechildren or call 1.800.713.3412.


Is Presidents Council Evading Executive Order Telling Children It Is Okay to Copy and Not Follow Rules?

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2012

By issuing the Money As You Grow Tool, the Presidents Advisory Council on Financial Capability (PACFC) appears to be sending a clear message to everyone around the globe, including children and developers, that it is okay to waste tax dollars and to bend and break rules, said Sam X Renick, a nationally recognized expert in the field of financial education for youth, creator of childrens character Sammy Rabbit, and founder of the Its a Habit Company (http://www.facebook.com/itsahabit). It also appears to say you can copy the work of others without giving them credit, as long as you change or rearrange a word here or there. This appears wrong, because it is wrong.

Here are the four most significant reasons Sammy Rabbit and the It’s a Habit Team strongly believe Americans and consumer protection agencies/advocates should be very concerned about the Money As You Grow Tool:


Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) Profiles Inspiring Skin Cancer Patient as Sun Safety Week Continues

Reston, VA (PRWEB) June 06, 2012

Summer sun has been heating up over the last few weeks making it more important to protect our skin from damaging UV rays before they become a major health concern.

Skin cancer is quickly turning into an all too familiar and devastating story for many people. From June 3-9, EIC encourages people to take greater control of their health by understanding warning signs, following best practices and learning from those who are affected by the most preventable and pervasive form of cancer. Today, one woman shares her story to keep others protected.

I was a child growing up in the 50s. Family vacations meant swimming, camping, fishing for days on end with no regard for how long we were in the sun. In the 60s, we used reflective blankets to absorb as much as our bodies could stand. When I was modeling, we were putting iodine into baby oil as a tan enhancer. By the time the 70s rolled around, I was in college; driving 10 hours to the nearest beach for a tan weekend. We baked until our eyes were, literally, swollen closed. Then, wed do it again,said patient Henri Schneider of Sarasota, Florida.

In the early 90s I moved to Florida. Shortly thereafter, I began to develop white spots. Those spots turned brown some were like freckles others more like odd shaped moles. In 2000 I was diagnosed with skin cancer. Ive now been through more than 30 surgeries, thankfully, only a few have been malignant, but still, I have Basal Cell and Squamous Cell melanoma, Schneider continued.

It is imperative that stories like these make their way into the public consciousness if we are to shift attitude and behaviors about sun exposure and tanning, said Brian Dyak, President and CEO, EIC.

What may have once been a lifestyle is now becoming a call to action as more skin cancer diagnoses are delivered each day. Not only is excessive sun exposure a concern for skin cancer, but sun damage also causes premature aging. Sitting out in the sun may seem harmless, but as doctors and researchers tell us, its not.

Schneider stated, We didnt know back then the sun was dangerous and I dont want to die because of it. We knew the cute cartoon girl with the dog pulling on her bathing suit was cute and tan. If I had it all to do over again, Id tell myself the same thing I tell my daughter: Go for porcelain skin, embrace being fair skinned, wear hats and slather on the sunscreen even in winter, no matter where you live. And dont think for a minute that your eyes are immune wear sunglasses.

Schneiders story is real and similar stories are occurring nationwide. The media has the power to impart this safety message to viewers, potentially, changing lives.

We need to stop romanticizing that sun tanned skin is beautiful, because its lethal, we need to embrace the skin we were born with. Schneider concluded.

The Arc Reacts to The National Council on Disabilitys Disturbing Report on the Rights of Parents with Disabilities

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

The National Council on Disabilitys new comprehensive report on the rights of parents who have disabilities reveals startling statistics showing how vulnerable these parents are to losing their children via the court system. According to their research, more than 4 million parents6 percent of American mothers and fathershave a disability. Yet their rights are often in jeopardy – the rate at which children are taken from parents who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is between 40% and 80%.

This report uncovers the heartbreaking reality for too many families across the country parents with disabilities are treated unjustly when it comes to their rights as parents, and far too many families are broken apart by outdated and discriminatory practices, said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.

The National Council on Disabilitys report provides a comprehensive review of the barriers and discrimination people with disabilities – including I/DD, psychiatric disabilities, sensory disabilities, and physical disabilities – experience when they are creating and maintaining families. Two-thirds of dependency statutes allow the court to reach the determination that a parent is unfit on the basis of the parents disability. In every state, disability may be considered when determining the best interest of a child for purposes of a custody determination in family or dependency court. The National Council on Disability wrote: People with disabilities are the only distinct group that struggles to maintain custody of its children.

In positive news, a chapter of The Arc was particularly highlighted by the National Council on Disability for their good work in this area. The United Arc of Franklin and Hampshire Counties in Greenfield, Massachusetts runs a program called The Positive Parenting Resource Center which provides services and support to families headed by parents with I/DD, including one-on-one support, education groups, mentoring, and more.

The report highlights twenty findings, makes numerous recommendations, and provides examples of how laws in Kansas and Idaho have been changed to protect the rights of parents with disabilities.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways that we can improve the lives of parents with disabilities, illustrated by The United Arc of Franklin and Hampshire Counties and other organizations across the country. Now we must put pressure on decision makers to enact the changes necessary that protect parental rights, before more families are impacted by decisions that discriminate against disability, said Berns.

The Arc advocates for and serves people with I/DD, including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of over 700 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

Editors Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.

UN Security Council Addresses Sexual and Reproductive Rights for Girls and Women Raped in War

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 26, 2013


Today, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106 addressing sexual violence in armed conflict during a debate led by the United Kingdom. Significantly, for the first time, a Security Council Resolution explicitly calls for UN entities and donor countries to provide non-discriminatory and comprehensive health services, including sexual and reproductive health. The Global Justice Center applauds the inclusion of this language, which represents a milestone for girls and women impregnated through war rape.

During the debate, UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie spoke forcefully on the deadly effects of war rape: Let us be clear what we are speaking of: Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child.

The significance of the inclusion for the need to provide non-discriminatory health services to women cannot be overlooked and is essential to address a problem that is too often ignored forced pregnancies from war rape. In order for the medical care provided to girls and women impregnated from war rape to truly be comprehensive and non-discriminatory, it must include the option of safe abortion. As GJC President Janet Benshoof explains, Although the word abortion was not used, the non-discriminatory health services provision is an enormous breakthrough in the fight to end the deadly denial of abortion for female victims impregnated by war rape.

The language on the need to provide non-discriminatory medical care, including by donor states, follows from the Secretary-Generals 2013 Report on sexual violence in conflict to the Council, which called for the inclusion of safe abortion services to be included as an integral part of care to victims of war rape.

In 2010, the GJC launched the August 12th Campaign, named after the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, to end the near universal denial of abortions for girls and women raped in war. The GJC has been educating donor countries, womens, legal and human rights organizations and the United Nations about the rights of women to non-discriminatory medical care under the Geneva Conventions. The Campaign also seeks an executive order from President Obama lifting devastating US abortion restrictions on humanitarian aid for girls and women raped in armed conflict.

Benshoof lauds the UK for its leadership on combating sexual violence, both for Foreign Minister Hagues Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and for being the first country to explicitly recognize the right to abortion under the Geneva Conventions. Benshoof also notes that while the United States played a significant role in the passage of the resolution, US abortion restrictions on foreign assistance directly undermine the Councils call for all donor countries to provide non-discriminatory medical care to war rape victims.

The Resolutions call for non-discriminatory medical care was supported during the debate by several countries, including France, the Netherlands and Sweden speaking on behalf of all Nordic countries. The Dutch highlighted that medical care must be provided in accordance with international humanitarian law and include access to safe abortion and emergency contraception.

Benshoof adds as a final note that the global community had taken it upon itself to protect girls and women raped in armed conflict; a commitment thats made clear by the Security Councils seven resolutions addressing sexual violence in armed conflict. The denial of abortion to war rape victims is deadly, inhuman and cruel, and Resolution 2106s mandate to provide comprehensive and non-discriminatory health services seeks to end this egregious wrong against these victims.

Girls and women are entitled to non-discriminatory medical care under the Geneva Conventions, including safe abortion services, and todays resolution represents a huge step forward towards ensuring these rights on the ground. Now its time for donor states to comply with their legal obligation under this Resolution.


For more information contact Sarah Vaughan, Development and Communications Associate, svaughan@globaljusticecenter.net, 212.725.6530 ext. 204


The term non-discriminatory medical care has a very distinct meaning under international humanitarian law, which governs situations in armed conflict. The Geneva Conventions contain absolute guarantees of the comprehensive medical services for all persons wounded and sick in armed conflict and the prohibition against discrimination, while recognizing that biological differences might require different medical treatment for women, mandates that the medical outcome for women war victims cannot be less favorable that for male victims. Therefore, the denial of abortions as part of comprehensive medical care for war victims violates the Geneva Conventions.

In an letter to President Obama on April 13th, Prof. Louise Doswald-Beck, the former head of the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross, details a compelling analysis of how the denial of abortion to girls and women impregnated by war rape is unlawful under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and customary international law:

Denial of abortion to women and girls impregnated by war rape violates IHLs medical care guarantees. The failure to provide the option of abortion, as a necessary part of complete medical care, to female victims of war rape violates the categorical care and protection guarantees of IHL. These include the rights of the wounded and sick to all necessary medical careas determined solely by their conditionunder common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.

Denial of abortion to women and girls impregnated by war rape violates the absolute prohibition on gender discrimination under IHL. The denial of abortions to girls and women impregnated as a result of war rape violates the IHL prohibition on adverse distinction based on gender, because male victims of war rape receive all necessary medical care for their conditions while impregnated females do not.

The denial of abortion to women and girls impregnated by war rape constitutes torture and cruel treatment in violation of IHL. Given that pregnancy aggravates the serious, sometimes life-threatening, injuries from war rapeand prolongs the impact of the initial crime of sexual violence, which itself can qualify as torture or cruel treatmentthe failure to provide the option of abortion violates the prohibition against torture or cruel treatment under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.